Blitzing fruit and vegies into smoothies might sound healthy, but is this self-proclaimed ‘superfood nutrition extractor’ worth the hype?
What is it … ?
You might have noticed the NutriBullet on TV pulverising fruit, veg, and even nuts and seeds, into a silky-smooth juice. As impressive as this is, it’s not one of a kind. You can take your pick of many ‘personal blenders’.
Why you need it …
Only seven per cent of us get enough vegies in our diet, so any gadget that boosts how much fresh food we eat is a worthwhile investment. Their powerful motors allow you to toss in crunchy carrots, crisp celery or leafy kale. And once you blend your veg with fruit such as banana or berries, and a little ginger, it tastes so delicious that before you can say “yum” you’re hooked on the blending craze. Plus, it’s portable! Twist off the top part of the blender and voilá — you have an actual cup to drink from. So if you’re time poor take your smoothie to go!
Keep in mind …
Fancy manufacturing terms such as ‘nutrition extraction’ sound like drinking juice may be better for you than eating fruit alone. The thing is, our bodies naturally break down fibrous fruit and vegetables, and ‘extract nutrition’. Turning food into a liquid also makes it easy to overeat kilojoules, whereas crunching on whole pieces of fruit takes time to chew and digest, signalling to our brains we’re full. So while it’s a fun and very tasty way to eat more vegetables, make sure to crunch into the “real deal” as well!